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Op-Ed: The U.S. Should Join the ICC – for Humanity’s Sake

Op-Ed: The U.S. Should Join the ICC – for Humanity’s Sake

The 4th of July is sacred in the civic culture of Americans. On that day of 1776, their forefathers formally terminated allegiance to King George III. Prominent among their grievances against him was that he ‘made Judges dependent on his Will alone’ – by pulling the strings of term and pay. It is this judicial […]

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Op-ed: Empowering Young People for Sustainable Peace

Op-ed: Empowering Young People for Sustainable Peace

Entering adulthood is never easy. For the 1.8 billion youth in the world today– the most in history– the challenges are particularly daunting. Not only are more than one-fifth of global youth not in employment, education or training, and a quarter affected by violence or armed conflict, but the world itself is facing existential threats to global peace and […]

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How do Arabs in Middle East view the US mid-term elections?

How do Arabs in Middle East view the US mid-term elections?

Many Americans feel that the Arab world has a negative opinion of US President Donald Trump and would very much like for the Democrats to succeed in the upcoming US mid-term elections. However, this perception of the Arab world is very misleading and does not tell the whole story for there are Arabs who do […]

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What If NATO Really IS Obsolete?

What If NATO Really IS Obsolete?

President Trump’s pronouncements always generate froth, by his words and in the reporting and recrimination that follows.  But in Brussels, before his Helsinki meeting with Putin, he did, again, call NATO obsolete. Once any President raises it, the question takes on a life of its own.  And if NATO’s value is in doubt, who should be […]

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Muslims in the Crosshairs of Hate

Muslims in the Crosshairs of Hate

Human history is peppered with dreadful accounts of minority communities who were deliberately demonized before atrocities were committed against them.

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Delegitimizing America?

Delegitimizing America?

The immigration fiasco, based on the President’s executive order, was the next stage of delegitimizing the American political process itself.

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Beijing’s Development Bank Gains Momentum

Beijing’s Development Bank Gains Momentum

Despite U.S. objections and concerns, China’s $100 billion initiative seems determined in its quest for respectability and prominence.

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Defending The Liberal World Order

Defending The Liberal World Order

In 1939, an article entitled “Mourir pour Dantzig?” (“Why Die for Danzig?”) argued that France should avoid war with Germany if the latter seized Poland. Today, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as Russia’s belligerent foreign policy, leads us to ask similar questions.

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The Soft Power of Francis’ Geopolitical Papacy

The Soft Power of Francis’ Geopolitical Papacy

He is outspoken on migration and refugee issues, was involved in brokering an upgrade in U.S.-Cuban relations and takes part in debates on hot-button topics from income inequality to climate change. Francis’ view of the papacy is clearly geopolitical.

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Paul Volcker on the Breakdown of Government

Paul Volcker on the Breakdown of Government

We are in a world of economic frustration, breakdown of order, armed conflict, and a seeming vacuum of responsible leadership. Who among us can view with any satisfaction the current manifestation of our own electoral processes, much less our role as international leader?

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Geopolitical Showdown in the Horn

Geopolitical Showdown in the Horn

Recently, two major developments in Somalia and Djibouti have attracted international media attention. John Kerry became the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit Mogadishu, while China has negotiated the construction of a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti.

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The War Bill and the Doomsday Clock

The War Bill and the Doomsday Clock

Hugh Gusterson is a professor of anthropology and sociology at George Mason University who’s also a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He recently wrote that efforts by the Obama Administration to reach a deal with the Rouhani Administration in Iran and bring the Iranian nuclear crisis closer to a closure are met […]

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Beijing Balks, Tokyo Talks

Beijing Balks, Tokyo Talks

AP Photo: David Guttenfelder With the official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan topping 4,000 on Wednesday, nations from around the world are ramping up their efforts to help the Philippines deal with over 1,600 missing persons, 700,000 damaged houses and the nearly 10 million people affected.  Australia, Britain and the U.S. have so far each […]

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Obama and Xi to meet in the desert

Obama and Xi to meet in the desert

This weekend’s meeting in the California desert between a re-elected President Obama and his new Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will likely leave a large imprint on one of the world’s most important relationships in the years to come. Though the six-plus hours of meetings spread over two days will be unscripted, one important topic of […]

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The UN and BMW Take a Unique Approach toward Cultural Diversity

The UN and BMW Take a Unique Approach toward Cultural Diversity

In 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group forged a partnership to create a new model for collaboration between the private sector and the UN.  Founded in 2005 under the leadership of the Governments of Turkey and Spain with former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the head of a group of experts, […]

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